Celebrity Choreographer Celebrates Guyanese Roots With Afro Soca

Celebrity choreographer and dancer, Shakira Marshall has taken her talents from the dance studios of Brooklyn all the way to Broadway.

The Queens, New York native has been making waves on the international stage ever since she was tapped join the cast of ‘Fela!’ the musical in 2009.

Since then she has danced with or choreographed for many artists including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Machel Montano, Alison Hinds and for the last two years, Ms. Lauryn Hill— with whom she kicked off the “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling”tour as a choreographer/dancer on August 27th in Philadelphia.

“I’ve done everything from working in the Caribbean industry to the mainstream music industry and I love it because with every performance I get to share my dance style and culture with audiences,” said Marshall who is of Guyanese descent.

During this year’s 10th annual Black Girls Rock! award show on in April, it was Marshall’s afro soca dance technique that influenced the choreography during Hill’s Fela Kuti inspired performance— a tribute to the father of Afro-beat music.

“There’s so many reasons why this was such a monumental moment for me and my life and my career. It’s the first time she [Hill] ever used dancers and my choreography was being seen on an award show stage,” she told NBCBLK. “I just have to thank you Ms. Lauryn Hill for having so much faith in me and my talent and pushing me and my talent.”

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